“When does morning sickness end?” you shout, as last night’s dinner makes a bigger comeback than Britney Spears.
The slightest waft of tuna sandwiches turns you the color of slime; sunny days feel like they have a personal vendetta against you; and foods that used to be some of your favorites send you running for the nearest bathroom—yup, those are some of the stomach-churning symptoms morning sickness has to offer.
While it’s oh-so-common to be feeling oh-so-gross, different bodies respond differently to pregnancy. For instance, it may literally nauseate you to hear that some mamas don’t experience morning sickness at all.
Urgh. Unfair, we know—while you, on the other hand, are sitting there with tears in your eyes, googling “Can morning sickness end at 8 weeks?” (And then you hit week 9 and you’re like, “Can morning sickness go away at 10 weeks? Seriously, what week does morning sickness end?!?”)
While we can’t give you the precise moment when morning sickness ends, we can tell you something that may ease your spirit: this too shall pass. There will be a moment in your life when you’re holding that little bundle and you’re like, Ooooooh! I see. This is what that was all for.
Fine, fine, that’s cute. But now, onto more pressing issues: when should morning sickness go away?
When does morning sickness start and end?
When does morning sickness start?
So, the short answer in a “typical” (whatever that means) scenario is that morning sickness starts at about week 6 of pregnancy—so that’s the first trimester, about two weeks after your period has decided to go on vacay for the next 9ish months.
Morning sickness can be a pretty rude awakening into the world of pregnancy for many mamas. Usually characterized by symptoms of nausea and vomiting, it can also produce some rather debilitating fatigue that can make you feel like doing a whole bunch of nothing for as long as possible.
Also, as we may not need to tell you, the whole vomiting side of things can be super disruptive to your day. About half of all mamas-to-be form a far deeper relationship with their toilet bowl over this time.
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Now, onto more positive thoughts:
When does morning sickness end?
Yes, there will be a time when your body tires of this performance.
Guess what? It’s usually over by the end of the first trimester! Yippeeeeeeee!
In a large number of cases, morning sickness reaches its (sometimes dramatic) climax in about the third month of pregnancy (between week 8 and 12) and then starts to fade.
It’s not long now. You’ve got this!
Does morning sickness end suddenly or gradually?
For many mamas, morning sickness starts with a bang and ends with a whimper.
We cannot stress enough, however, that all bodies are different. If you are concerned about anything or you feel that your symptoms are more severe than they should be, get in touch with your healthcare provider.
Making morning sickness a little easier to manage
Firstly: Know Thy Self. Seriously. Keep a little diary of odors and tastes that set you off and then do your best to steer clear of them. (Spicy food, potent smells, and overly rich foods are common ones, but check out what’s happening with your body to find out.)
Added to this, chat to your doctor about anti-nausea medication if your symptoms feel like they’re seriously getting you down—and keep up with those prenatal vitamins.
Another thing is to get as much rest as you can. The new tenant inside you can be pretty demanding.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but you kinda just have to get through this one. It’s nauseating, we know, but it’s not forever.
And while it’s happening, you have full license to take utmost care of yourself. Eat what you like. Sleep when you must. And only do what you can. Yes, you’re a superhero, but even superheroes need downtime.